Over the past couple of weeks, Iris has been scouring Poland and the Czech Republic for new designers to bring to you, and on her journey she discovered a Polish natural wonder: The Wieliczka Salt Mines in Krakow, Poland.
These salt mines closed for production in 2002 as their natural mining resources became depleted, and has now been converted into one of the most valuable spiritual and cultural monuments in Poland. Visited by more than one million tourists from all over the world each year, this underground metropolis hosts concerts and theater, as well as weddings. There are multiple chapels in the Wieliczka mines where miners used to worship back in the days when the mines were active, and there are reception areas for a totally unique wedding experience. These venues display decorative elements entirely made of salt, from the sculptures on the walls to even the chandeliers!
The Wieliczka Salt mines are 400-1,000 feet underground, with natural lakes so salt saturated that you would float in them effortlessly. Allergy sufferers and people with respiratory issues visit the mines for “subterraneotherapy” – the therapeutic treatment of the salt caves. There is an entire Wieliczka Salt Mine Health Resort that offers day, overnight, or long-term stays to utilize the healing benefits of the salt caves and improve visitors’ overall physical and mental health, along with improved sleep.
The online Wieliczka gift shop is filled with salt-related wares ranging from table salt to childrens’ books about “Saltland” - our favorite are the beauty products - filled with natural refreshers for your skin straight from the Wieliczka Salt Mines.
Na Zdrowie! (“To Health!")
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